Written by Phil Cerroni
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded the Irving Public Library a grant to host its annual Big Read celebration. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest designed to restore reading to the center of American culture.
The Big Read grant provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 31 selections from U.S. and world literature. Irving’s month long Big Read program series presented by Irving Public Library, Irving Independent School District, Irving Fire Department, National Scouting Museum, Irving’s Parks and Recreation Department, and other community partners will focus on the American classic “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury.
“We are thrilled to have been chosen once again as one of the 78 communities nationwide to participate in the Big Read,” said Library Services Supervisor Jan Bodnar. “This grant will allow the Irving Public Library to hold its seventh annual community read, while encouraging more participation through entertaining, educational and community-building programs associated with the themes presented in this gripping and relevant novel.”
The Big Read event will take place during the month of October. The community is encouraged to participate by reading the futuristic story and attending the programs that will be offered. The event will kick off Sep. 29 with the Stop, Drop and Roll Extravaganza that includes a pet parade, an Irving Fire Department mascot look-alike contest, a chili cook-off, and activities for all ages. Other programs will include a keynote author event, movie marathons, theater productions, teen art contests, and book discussions. Copies of the book and audio book will be available at all library locations. The downloadable audio book and eBook are available through the library’s website.
For a full list of Irving’s Big Read 2012 activities, visit www.cityofirving.org/library.
Source: City of Irving